We returned on 21 March 2013 from a wonderful 4 night holiday at the Davvi Artic Lodge. We were very pleased that we had paid extra to stay there. Before we went away any queries were answered by the Transun admin team and information came exactly on time. The staff both at the hotel and on the activities were really good. The only mistake was that we booked for 4 nights and wished we had booked for 7.
The thermal suits and boots were excellent. We found the liners in the boots could be taken out and dried on the radiator.
The hotel was warm and comfortable with views into the distance from the dining room.
The food is a buffet service. There was plenty so no fear of going hungry. Remember, the hotel is a 2 hour drive to the nearest town and well within the Artic Circle so fresh fruit and veg aren't available.
Staff (Transun, hotel, drivers and on the activities) were so helpful – particularly our last activity, a snowshoe walk, when Joe and Joe made this into a real fun afternoon. Mandy and Corinna, the reps, were a font of knowledge. Our activities were spread evenly across our stay and information was readily available and easy to understand.
The activities were very well organised and extremely enjoyable, particularly the husky ride and snowshoe walk.
Points for thought:
More information is needed about what clothing people need to take – a pair of very warm mittens/gloves plus a liner pair to wear at the same time/several pairs of socks worn at the same time in the thermal boots/a very warm hat or 2 hats/neckwarmer or wide scarf to cover the nose and mouth when on the snowmobile.
A system for letting guests know when the Northern Lights were out. It was disappointing as there was no system and depended entirely on word of mouth from other guests although there was a daily weather and northern lights forecast on a notice board; perhaps a buzzer system in each room which guests could opt out of if they wanted to.
The activities were so good and enjoyable however leaving at 10.45 pm for a 2 and a half hour snowmobile trip is too late. Our snowmobile didn’t have a cowling so there was no protection from the wind and the temperature of almost -25 degrees left my husband, the driver, with the start of frostbite on his accelerator thumb but he was wearing only 1 pair of walking mittens. However it was a great experience as we stopped on a frozen lake and watched the Northern Lights.
We would be happy to go on this holiday again if any of our friends wished to go.
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- Also Known As:
- Davvi Arctic Hotel Karesuvanto
- Davvi Hotel Karesuvanto
- Davvi Arctic Lodge Karesuvanto, Finland - Lapland